Studying at Christ Church is a great experience! The equipment is industry standard and our supportive tutors run lots of useful workshops to help you learn how to use it.

Rob, first year Film Production student

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A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

Our Film Production course will provide you with the mix of technical, production and business skills you need to work in the creative industries.

You’ll use a range of digital cameras including Canon, Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro and the Arri Alexa Mini LF (used in the BAFTA best British winning film, 1917). Other equipment includes Steadicam, Mix Pre-3 (portable sound recorders) and a range of lighting. Post Production facilities include AVID Media Composer. You’ll also have access to Pro-Tools and the full Adobe Creative Suite.

Regular visits from working professionals offer up-to-the-minute insights into the industry.

Why Study Film Production with Foundation Year?

  • Top ten in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of feedback and assessment in the subject area of Film Production and Photography - The Guardian University League Tables 2022

The film industry is a vibrant and creative sector driven by the demand for prime-time drama, digital and web-based productions. It requires talented, creative people with specialist technical skills and our highly practical course is designed to give you exactly this. 

During the foundation year, you'll learn about core aspects of film production and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level. 

As you progress through the degree, you'll spend around 70% of the course learning the practical elements of film production with the remaining 30% of time studying theory. Throughout the course, you'll be able to develop your technical and creative skills to a professional level and use your creative flair to complete a compelling production in your final year. This important project is a great opportunity for you to showcase your talents and develop your experience to help you with seeking employment. 

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of arts and humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

The course offers you the intellectual stimulation to expand your horizons and the space to explore your own artistic and creative potential. 

During the foundation year, you'll learn about some of the core aspects of film production and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level. 

As you progress through the degree, you'll study modules relating to areas such as the art and craft of film editing, moving image production in a historical context and the use of sound production equipment, and you'll spend time honing your skills and carrying out filming projects. 

During the course, you undertake a number of employability modules, which help to prepare you for work experience and ultimately a job in the creative industries. Many of the skills that you learn over the three years are transferable across the sector, which is a thriving part of the UK and global economy. 

Your tutors are a creative mix of practitioners and theoreticians and they work alongside a technical team. The course is taught in the Powell Building, which is named after renowned British filmmaker Michael Powell and was opened by his widow Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell, who is Martin Scorsese’s film editor and an Honorary Fellow of the University. 

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, screenings and workshops and you'll have access to specialist industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course. 

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.

Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of teaching on the course in the subject area of Film Production and Photography, The Guardian University League Tables 2021

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through directed filmmaking activities and self-study. As a guide, you are expected to put in 150 hours of self-directed study and practical work for each 20 credit module.

Self-study typically involves looking at films, practicing with the film equipment, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

For the major projects in Year 3, you'll work independently and in production groups under the supervision of a member of the course team. You'll meet with your supervisor on a regular basis.

A foundation year provides an introduction to academic study and life at university, supporting every student to achieve their full potential.

Martin WattsFoundation Year Programme Director

How you’ll be assessed

You will be assessed using a range of methods, including reflective analysis, group project work, presentations, reflective journals, blogs and essays. There are no written exams.

The balance of practice to theory and/or written work depends on the module choice. Generally, practical modules are weighted 80% project and 20% written coursework. Theory modules are typically assessed on the submission of two written assignments each worth 50%.

You will receive feedback on all assessments including: practical films, critical reviews, essays, scripts, portfolios and presentations.

Your future career

Film Production prepares you for employment in the film industry but the skills you develop would open up opportunities in the wider creative industries, which is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the UK and global economy.

A crucial reason behind my choice to study this course was the amount of successful public speakers that attend our campus each year and give talks on different topics. It is a brilliant way to start building your own network and meet important people from the industry.

EvaSecond year Film Production student


The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

An International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500 will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Further information can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course:

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